D.A. Davidson & Co. is pleased to announce that it served as the exclusive financial advisor to SOG Specialty Knives & Tools, LLC (“SOG” or “the Company”) in its sale to an investor group composed of Gladstone Investment Corporation, The Mustang Group, Montlake Capital, and senior management. The transaction closed on Aug. 8, 2011. Financial terms were not disclosed.
SOG, which takes its name from the Studies and Observations Group (the predecessor of the U.S. military’s Special Operations Forces), is a leading designer, developer, and packager of branded specialty knives and tools for the hunting & outdoors, military & law enforcement, and industrial markets. SOG is an iconic brand that represents a collection of compelling modern and traditional designs and a trusted portfolio of innovative and functional products. SOG was founded 1986 and is based in Lynnwood, Washington. SOG was a portfolio company of MCC Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in NY.
D.A. Davidson acted as the Company’s exclusive investment banking advisor and identified potential buyers, ran a targeted process to market the Company, assisted in structuring the deal, and advised the Company through negotiations, documentation, and final closing.
About SOC Specialty Knives & Tools, LLC
SOG is a leading designer, developer, and producer of branded specialty knives and tools for the hunting & outdoors, military & law enforcement, and industrial markets. SOG distributes its products to a diverse set of retailers in the hunting, outdoor, sporting goods, hardware, military, and mass channels. In addition, the Company sells its products through popular online retailers as well as through its own website. SOG was founded in 1986 and is based in Lynnwood, WA, and employs approximately 60 personnel.
About MCC Capital
MCC Capital Partners is a private equity firm focused on providing capital to growing micro and middle market branded consumer products companies in North America. MCC Capital is based in Rye Brook, NY.